Saturday, May 12, 2012

Scarlet Spider #5

Writer: Chris Yost
Artist: Neil Edwards

The Scarlet Spider teams up with police officer Wally Layton to find a nuclear device that has been planted somewhere in the city of Houston. A nice self contained story that shows how well Yost is building Kaine's world; thus far, his supporting characters have been fun, compelling, and most important, helpful in the Scarlet Spider's self-discovery journey. Kaine, in the meantime, is proving to have the complex type of personality that makes him just adorable -is it okay to use that word in this setting? One thing that mortified me was the art. Don't get me wrong, Neil Edwards did an amazing job, and every one of his pages was vibrant and dynamic; but Ryan Stegman's absence is a slap in the face and a disservice to the title. Why can't Marvel reciprocate readers' loyalty? Stegman's popularity rose to the sky with this series, and now he's been pulled just after a few issues to help with a struggling title? Not fair and very upsetting.

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